1885. This signature -- "Very Truly, Edwin Booth" -- was removed from a letter and mounted to a 2 x 3.25-inch card, no place, no date, circa 1885. Minor age spots at the corners; very good(-) condition. Shakespearean stage actor considered by many to be the greatest American actor, and the greatest Hamlet, of the 19th century. His achievements, however, are often overshadowed by his relationship with his brother, John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.
Paris: 1845. 1 page, 7.5 x 4.75 inches, no date, circa 1845. Written in French and untranslated. Natural folds; very good(+) condition. French military officer who distinguished himself in Bonaparte's 1796 - 1797 Italian campaign. He later fought in Spain during the Peninsular War and later commanded a division in Russia. During the Hundred Day War he was tasked with stopping Napoleon's march near Grenoble, but his troops went over to the ex-emperor causing him a humiliating defeat at the hands of his former mentor.
New York: 1865. 1 page, 7 x 5 inches, New York, December 12, 1865, concerning poet Fitz-Green Halleck, in part: "...I send you the volume of Halleck's poems which I promised. I have seen the author since my return to America, who seemed greatly pleased when I repeated to him the terms of endearment in which you spoke of him." Accompanied by an autographed letter signed, 1 page, 5.25 x 3.5 inches, New York, Fitz-Green Halleck (1790 - 1867) August...
New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. Translated by Daphne M. Hoffmann. Illustrated with 170 black & white images. 191 pages. Short slim 4to, red-lettered gray cloth; spine sunned and with some light wear at ends; light foxing throughout, heavier on first and last several pages. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, Inc., . First edition. A very good copy of this exceedingly scarce book. Printed in Berlin by Felgentreff & Co., with cuts by C. Dunnhaupt, Dessau -- Freitag 6626.
Shanghai: Commercial Press, 1914. Illustrated by coloured and collotyped reproductions , all with lettered tissue guards, from the Author's collection with descriptions and notes on the history of drawing, writing, etc. 323 pages + index and the 75 page supplement. Thick 4to, pale green embroidered cloth (rubbed), string bound in Chinese style, partial dust wrapper. Shanghai: Commercial Press, 1914. Very good (+). Scarce.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. Illustrated throughout in color and black & white. 382pp. Thick & tall 4to, gray cloth, d.w. (rear panel torn). New Haven: Yale University Press, (2006). First edition. A fine copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition. With essays by Donald Albrecht, Mark Coir, Sandy Isentadt, Reinhold Martin, Will Miller, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Vincent Scully.